NYLA Talks

Apichatpong Weerasethakul


“Cinema is like voodoo. I still don’t know how it works. Mainstream studios can spend millions but still the movie flops.” says Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the most celebrated Thai film director. His slow, mysterious, experimental style of filmmaking got him Palme d’Or, the main prize at Cannes film festival. Now he is in the jury of the Oscars, but does he like what he sees?

We got a chance to meet Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or Joe as his Western friends call him, to discuss his identity, film censorship in Thailand and the mystery of cinema.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul in Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius. His exhibition Luminous Shadows is open until March 15.

Photography by Berta Tilmantaitė and Mindaugas Drigotas, video by Mindaugas Drigotas and Karolis Pilypas Liutkevičius. Podcast episode is hosted and edited by Karolis Vyšniauskas, recorded by Kata Bitowt. This episode was possible with the help of Meno Avilys, an NGO who invited Apichatpong Weerasethakul to Vilnius.

Further reading:

Where to begin with Apichatpong Weerasethakul by John Berra, BFI

In ‘Cemetery of Splendour,’ a Nod to Dream Logic by Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Mieganti šalis by Živilė Pipinytė, 7 Meno Dienos

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